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Rebecca Mahmoud joins Red Newt Cellars Winery as National Brand Ambassador.

Red Newt Cellars is pleased to announce that Rebecca Mahmoud has joined the Red Newt Cellars wine marketing and distribution team.  Her focus as brand ambassador will be on facilitating and expanding Red Newt Cellars’ recognition and distribution in North America.  Red Newt is currently distributed to 15 US states, Europe, Japan, China and New Zealand. Continue reading Rebecca Mahmoud joins Red Newt Cellars Winery as National Brand Ambassador.

Newter Profiles – Winemaker Kelby Russell

Kelby Russell – Winemaker, Red Newt Cellars

When Kelby Russell set foot on the Harvard University campus as a freshman in the fall of 2005, he planned to pursue a career in nanotechnology. Not soon after his arrival, Russell, a musician, switched to a major in government and minor in economics with the intention of entering the orchestra management business. Thirteen years later, the Newark, N.Y. native is the head winemaker at Red Newt Cellars and Bistro. Continue reading Newter Profiles – Winemaker Kelby Russell

Red Newt Launches Blog – “Red Newt Write”

At Red Newt, we’ve got a really great crew of folks who make the wines that you love.   Over the next few months, you’ll have a chance to get each of us a little bit better.  Our first installments of Red Newt Write are penned by Austin Lamb, freelance reporter in Ithaca NY.  We are excited to have Austin spend some time with our family and pass our conversations along to you!  Visit our Blog!


Austin Lamb is a freelance reporter. He reports on news events, writes feature stories, and manages the Ithaca Times Twitter account.  Austin is a 2018 LACS graduate and will attend Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2019.

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2016 Kelby James Russell Rose – 88 points

2016-kelby-james-russell-dry-rose-of-cabernet-francWine Enthusiast
July 2017
Electric-pink color and piercing acidity add to the unique personality  of this bold angular Cabernet Franc rosé. Tart sour-cherry and raspberry flavors are pristine and primary, but nuanced with lingering hints of bramble and savory herb. This is a refreshingly substantive style of rosé to enjoy with even heartier fare well into the fall months.  reviewed 7/1/2017  Anna Lee C. Iijima


2012 Gewürztraminer Curry Creek Vineyard 86

Like the Pinot Gris from the same vineyard and vintage, this is a seriously ripe wine that is a bit lacking in terms of finesse and energy. Though more successful than the Pinot Gris, it is still too rich for my tastes. The nose is intensely floral, with tropical fruit accents. The palate is soft and broad, with low acidity and 17 grams of residual sugar. A phenolic edge on the finish adds interest. 17 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White  86   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit